I have often said I’d like to have a camera in my eye that allows me to video or snap pictures with a blink so I don’t miss some of those really cute things the kids do. Then my hubby got cameras all over the house… um never mind.
I do miss some neat things though, and our human brain can only capture some of it permanently. Facebook is a pretty good substitute though, especially when those “memories” start popping up.
But which moments?
All of them. Haha just kidding. I do have a tip though. I wish I’d had someone tell me this. For homeschooling, especially in those early years when it’s more hands on.
Even if you don’t intend or need to keep a portfolio. Keep some pictures and jot down a few notes from each day. I have gone through some of the old papers and things I did keep from before Facebook and wow… some of them are so cool. I wish I had kept more. You see, it does a homeschool parent good, I think, to see progress. Because sometimes it comes so slow… by the time a kid is writing well you forget how painful it was in the very beginning. That’s not to say I want you to remember the pain. BUT I do want you to remember what the beginning looked like.
Other moments too…
Don’t forget the trips to the zoo, or museum, or even the water park.
Make sure you pick out the lessons learned those days. There will be lessons. I did not say MAKE the lessons. I said pick out the ones that come naturally. Write them out.
Keep track of sports played.
Keep track of volunteer work.
Of course for you. Memories are precious for sure.
Also because when the time comes to graduate your child, even if you are going through a program like Seton Homestudy, or K12 or any number of other programs that keep grades for you, send you supplies and lessons etc, and give you a diploma, etc. Colleges are interested in seeing what ELSE your child might have done. Some of those things can make the difference between your student and a student who might have a higher GPA but nothing as far as extracurricular.
If nothing else this 31 days has encouraged me to do a few specific things.
1. Review some of the homeschool programs, and companies we have used. Along with what we saw were the pros and cons.
2. Give some specific and helpful links for things that made some of my days, weeks, months especially hard. Like managing depression and financial situations.
3. Not forgetting the good stuff. Joy, Fun, Faith – what has worked – what tickles my funny bone, and some stuff just to share for no other reason than to make you smile.
4. I have two areas of my own personal journey I’m going to tackle. I might take my own advice here and “capture my moments” right from the beginning. Lets see what we can do when we really put our minds to it and throw some accountability in to boot.
Some of that will begin on November 1. Come by to check it out will ya?
What would you like to see me tackle in those first 3?
Happy Halloween Week!